History: The original Jedediah Smith 1828 Expedition traveled north up the southern Oregon coast moving along the shore with his slowly dwindling number of half-wild horses and mules, originally numbering about 300 head! He had to wait for low tide to cross small rivers, and rocky bluffs often forced him inland. Since he needed to get through areas where no roads existed, the men needed to travel on foot and cut through areas of brush and forest so the animals could get through. The expedition also had a group of nineteen men (plus one Native American boy who traveled with them from the Coquille River). Therefore, the presence of "pedestrians" traveling along with members of the Millennium Expedition while enroute will enhance the historic accuracy of the event itself.
"Pedestrian" Use: Today, "pedestrians" or hikers may travel part of the Jedediah Smith Trail by simply accessing and traveling along various sections of the California Coastal Trail and the Oregon Coast Trail from Crescent City, California to Winchester Bay, Oregon. However, when traveling along any trail or the beach itself, safe access to, and along it, means being aware of changing ocean and weather conditions and the daily tidal fluctuations for any specific day. Therefore, in order to help you to "connect" with the expedition while enroute when planning an hiking activity, program, or event hosted or sponsored by an individual, a group of hikers, or a hiking organization the following information is provided as a preliminary basis for your planning needs.
Important Note to Members of the Media: Although we have provided information to "pedestrians" or hikers, the following calendar's intent is simply to provide an opportunity for this user-group to connect with the millennium expedition, and does not indicate their commitment to be there on the dates or during the times listed. Also, daily times should be viewed as approximate; actual times may possibly be earlier, and probably later than those indicated, with greater potential variation later in the day. Of course, starting times for hikers to connect with the expedition at around 9 or 10 AM probably provide the best "on-time" opportunity to photograph pedestrians, provided they show-up. We will list hiking or "pedestrian" activities, programs, and events done in conjunction with our millennium expedition on our website if we know of any planned commitments for your information and planning.
UPDATED INFORMATION OR ANY CHANGES TO THIS CALENDAR
WILL BE FOUND IN THIS WEBSITE SECTION
We strongly suggest you visit this site for updates and changes
to "The Pedestrian Connection" Calendar
before leaving for any specific ride!
NATIONAL COAST TRAIL ASSOCIATION
5124 NE 34TH Ave, Portland, OR 97211-7452 / www.coasttrails.org / (503) 335-3876
"The Pedestrian Connection" Calendar
NOTE: THIS CALENDAR INFORMATION IS FOR THE USE OF
"PEDESTRIANS" AND MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA
TO CONNECT WITH THE EXPEDITION WHILE IT'S ENROUTE,
AND IS BEING PROVIDED FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION
Purpose: There are various opportunities for pedestrians to have their own activities, programs, and events in conjunction with the Jedediah Smith Millennium Expedition. Therefore, in order for both pedestrians and the media to "connect" with the expedition while enroute, "The Pedestrian Connection" Calendar has been created with the exact dates and the approximate times during these specific dates the expedition will be traveling along PUBLIC HIKING TRAILS & CERTAIN BEACHES. Specific access points have been noted from which it would appear logistically feasible to drive passenger vehicles like cars, vans, and trucks, park them, and meet us enroute. Access from the parking areas to the trail or beach will be easier in some places than others. We cannot guarantee that access down to the beach or trails, vehicles, or anything else is safe -- this judgement call must be your responsibility and we encourage you to be safe at all times. Information about overnight camping with Oregon State Parks and with the U.S. Forest Service at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is available by contacting these agencies. Many campsites can be reserved, and we advise you do so as soon as possible if you want to do any camping. Of course, if you decide to simply show up on the day the expedition will be along a certain section of trail or beach and use a day-use area access point then although reservations would not be necessary, a day-use fee may be required. Other information has been included such as "routes" and distances which should be useful for planning purposes. The expedition will keep to this schedule in terms of specific dates, although specific times may vary somewhat depending on our progress during the day. You should be aware and prepared to potentially encounter horses along certain beach sections, and you should work with riders to ensure your safety as well as that of both rider and horse.
It may be difficult to contact the expedition while in progress. Messages will be checked on a daily basis at our office, and responded to as quickly as possible under the circumstances.
Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided or the personal safety of those using various access points, traveling hiking trails or the beach, or encountering other hazards. We recommend that if you have any questions pertaining to safety, logistics, or anything else to discuss them with those who have direct experience and knowledge of specific areas through their jurisidiction or management. Also, those considering accessing, or traveling any beach or trail on foot need to assess their abilitiy and the safety of doing so, and are solely responsible for their decisions. We recommend pedestrians always consider their personal safety at all times, and if any activity is not safe or has the potential of not being safe, then not to engage in it.
Again, we cannot guarantee that access down to the beach or any trail, vehicles, or anything else is safe -- this judgement call must be your responsibility and we encourage you to be safe at all times.
Technically and for all legal purposes, pedestrians will be hosting and sponsoring their own events, and are responsible for all logistics, including, but not limited to, all their own transportation, food, and water.
Please be aware that the media and our organization will potentially take pictures, record sound, videotape, or film equestrians while traveling along public beaches and trails, and in public places, and, of course, use them in newspapers, magazines, television, or educational programs and websites.
REGISTER YOUR ACTIVITY OR EVENT!
We'd like to know when to expect you.
June 23 - Friday - Opening Ceremony 10 AM on the beach North Bank Smith River . . .
THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
AND WILL BE FINISHED IN EARLY JUNE